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Pennington School

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Posted June 10, 2014

My son is about to graduate at Pennington and I love it. The families are very involved and I really like the teacher he has. There is a great after school program and the diversity at Pennington is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

I rate this school as one of the prejudice and unfair school possible my kids attended this school but it is all about who you know and the cliques you belong in. I think that when the board of ed and the pta have a say on who attends this school it becomes unfair. I pay so much taxes and you are not allowed to choose the school you want your kids to attend. I choose to get out of this mount Vernon district. Too much politics and favoritism allowed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

Too many parent cliques have formed. Parents in that area want you to think Pennington is a wonderful school but there is no comparison to Lincoln nor Holmes. I removed my child from Pennington due to a teacher not giving challenging work. Principal was very defensive and didn't want to hear anything negative about the teacher. PTA was strong there. Residents complained about southside kids coming to their school (how horrific is that?) They should be glad they are coming because most of Fleetwood sends their children to private schools. So go figure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

A lot about Pennington depends on which teacher you get each year. Usually one teacher is better than the other. That said I have not been happy with my childs teacher each year. Last year I requested a change and the principal refused. I then found out that new children to the district got put in the other class so there was room. In 5th grade I feel the other class learned much more and was much further ahead and prepared than the other class. In K and first grade there were 25 kids in each class in my sons grade. Next year in 6th grade there will be 14 kids in each class. Oops 13 in my sons class because we are tuitioning him in to a neighboring district we were that unhappy last year. Also most other districts move kids into middle school in 6th and we don't want him any futher behind. When the PTA had afterschool it was a great program that no longer exists. The school has gone downhill. Others say the principal is caring and involved. I found her to be defensive of her own position and teachers over the children's interests. While the PTA has always been involved there was a takeover last year and I feel it has become more a place for the popular moms than it once was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

Pennington is an excellent school with very nurturing teachers. My first daughter graduated in 2009 and she had a wonderful time at the school. Ms Usini, Ms Castaldi, Ms Lucadamo they were very caring teachers. The principal is Mrs Marrow is very involved and knows all her students by name. It's a shame though that the Board of Ed would not allow the PTA to continue the very economical and wonderful afterschool program that they had. They used to have a very very wonderful music and arts program too but those have been cut due to the budget and the dishonesty that was happening in Mount Vernon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

Pennington has changed since my children attended. It still serves the basic needs of the students, but its major failing is that there is not a school librarian. When the previous excellent librarian was cut due to budget concerns, the children lost the opportunity for in-depth research, projects relating to their studies, and time spent with meaningful literature. No matter the quality of staff or administration, Pennington cannot be rated as excellent without a librarian. The school library is the backbone that supports all areas of the curriculum. If you want a strong literacy program, you must have an good school library and a certified librarian to staff it.


Posted July 12, 2010

I think that Pennington is a school that has been way too much acknowledgement and credit. The school has been a long time discriminatory entity that only wants children with gifted abilities and parents of higher social economic backgrounds enrolled in the school. The PTA is very supportive of the children in the school. However, they are very demanding of things that are not always beneficial to each and every individual student. The school and the families that support it seek to isolate the school from any children that may require special needs and alternative settings. The school does do well academically according to state guideline but that is becasue they do not allow children that require special attention and those with learning abilities to remain in th school. As a former graduate of Penninton it is sad to say that Pennington is no longer what it used to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Pennington school is a wonderful academic institution. The teachers are top notch professionals, and the principal is very nice. Mr. Constantinedes has made my daughter's sixth grade experience a wonderful one. Thank you Pennington!Thank you Mr. C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Pennington Elementary is a wonderful, diverse, nurturing environment, and they have some of the best teachers I have ever encountered. The children who attend this school are, for the most part, well mannered and friendly, and the parents enjoy being part of the Pennington community and are very much involved. My daughter has enjoyed learning and making lifelong friends there. The PTA also runs an amazing (affordable) afterschool program for all grade levels. The program includes activities like theater, dance, cooking, sewing, sports, and so much more. My daughter has so many wonderful memories there. I love this school and so does my daughter. I am saddened that she will be graduating the 6th grade next year and will have to move on to another school. I am hard pressed to find a school that matches up to Pennington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

Teacher's really worked well with my child. Mr. Constantinites was an excellent teacher. we will miss him!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

The school is above average for Mt. Vernon. Unfortunately as word spread of its achievements within the city it has now become overcrowded. The K-8 pilot has resulted in even more overcrowding. On top of that the school taxes are very high in Mt. Vernon and unfortunately we do not get what we pay for relative to other municipalities' school districts. As a result of the poor middle school and high school achievement test results, overcrowding at Pennington and very high taxes I have decided to move and enroll my 2 children in another school district. It is unfortunate but a sad reality as we love the neighborhood but our children's education comes first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

Pennington and its educational community, from well-prepared teachers, a dedicated principal, an active PTA to the many involved parents, has provided so much to our children. By the numbers (test scores), Pennington Elementary School measures up, but it excels by providing a nurturing and challenging learning environment for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

This school was a disappointment, on parental observation the staff was often insulting students. There are no signs of parental inclusion with discussing bullying of children that were singled out and labled by teachers. We hope they can overcome these reputations that we beleived could not be true but are regretful of our family's experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

I am a parent of a child in kindergarten and a child in third grade. My children and I have had nothing the best of experiences at Pennington. The staff, parents and students are like one extended family. I am a very involved parent and anything that the PTA or parent wants to do in the school, has to be okayed by the principal. I am very happy with the principal, she is very compassionate when she needs to be and very fair in her disciplining. The children look up to her. I feel parent involvement is key to your children having a great experience. Pennington has a great music department and after school program. I feel it is a privilege for my children to be attending such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

I'm surprised by the review I recently read about Pennington School. The school is not run by the teachers and PTA,but by a wonderful principal who is very fair and will listen before making any decision. My child was a graduate and I found the staff and administration to be more than nurturing. She had a wonderful experience while at Pennington. Not only do they get a wonderful well rounded education, but are treated by the administration and staff as if it is their own child. Parents should make an effort to get involved in their child's education. The PTA After School Program is a continuation of the school day with a excellent variety of classes. Many graduates return to the school to visit and reminisce about their experiences at Pennington. If the school is not nurturing, how come everyone wants their child to attend?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2006

Not very nurturing, If the student is a 'good student' they make through, but if they need 'that extra help' and nurturing they will fall through the cracks... The Principle is fairly new and lets the teachers and PTA dictate the running of the school, in order not to make waves. The teachers tend to be tenure and are not very interested in giving 'that extra' to student that really need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students34%
Female50%
Male24%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students21%
Female16%
Male24%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant21%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students48%
Female56%
Male40%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students44%
Female58%
Male26%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged101%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students27%
Female50%
Male12%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities5%
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%

Math

All Students18%
Female23%
Male15%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities0%
General population28%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students28%
Female27%
Male29%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities5%
General population48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%

Math

All Students29%
Female26%
Male32%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities18%
General population40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 48% 19%
White 2 36% 48%
Hispanic 2 10% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 29%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 234%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 35%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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